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  1. First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    Hello. My wife and I adopted a puppy a few weeks ago. We had cared for a family dog after her owner passed away, guiding her to the tip old age of 15, but this is our first puppy. Meeting him, at the shelter, be was the sweetest boy. First night home, same thing. Loving, gracious. He was so...
  2. General Dog Forum
    Hi all, this is my first post. I am mom to two miniature dachshunds, a male and female. They are both about 2 years old. They get along beautifully. We got my female first, and then when she was about 6 months we got our male. They are best buds. We never planned to expand, but we just adopted...
  3. Attention All New Members
    Hello everyone, My name is Sarah and I am the owner of 3 dachshunds and am looking for some advice after just recently adopting my third. Looking forward to chatting and getting advice. Have a great day!
  4. Dog Training Forum
    TL;DR - My normally well behaved dog bit someone, recommendations for training? I have a 1.5 year old **** hound/terrier (also mixed with many other things) mutt, about 30 lbs, that I rescued from the street at a young age. She was handled frequently throughout her life, socialized well, and...
  5. Dog Training Forum
    We have a 6 month old female Cavachon puppy, named Gracie, and a 5 year old male Cavachon, named Oliver. We have had both Oliver and Gracie since they were each 8 weeks old. We had zero problems training Oliver, but all sorts of problems with Gracie. Oliver is 18.5 pounds and full grown while...
  6. Dog Training Forum
    Bottom line: does hugging make our pooches uncomfortable? I recently read several articles, including this one, pointing out that while humans (and other closely related primates) greet and express affection with hugs, canines don't share that cue. In fact (oh, please, without getting into...
  7. Dog Training Forum
    An interesting side discussion developed in the Mouthing and Biting thread which I'd like to follow up here. Here's the thought starter: What are the benefits and demerits of positive (reward-based) vs. leadership (dominance) training? Which do you follow and why? Are there valid points to each...
  8. Dog Training Forum
    A little over half a year ago, my male cocker spaniel, Ripley, passed away. My family was heartbroken, and so was our female border collie/ Newfoundland mix, Zoey. Once our family was over the heartbreak, we decided to get a new dog. We wanted a dog more active than Ripley was, since Ripley was...
  9. First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    Hi! So I wasn't sure which thread exactly to post this, but I figured this was the best bet. This is going to be a little long, but please bear with me. I have a one and a half year old Blue Heeler/Corgi mix female dog (Dixie) and a two and half year old English Bulldog (Thor). Neither are...
  10. First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    Another question....I'm seeing a variety of materials about human/canine relationships and about puppy training, including one Cesar Milan book I borrowed from library where I work. Should I be thinking of pack leadership and "dominance," or about teaching and guiding my puppy? I understand...
  11. Dog Training Forum
    We have a 2 year old new Zealand sheepdog, Staffordshire bull terrier, boxer mix. We are currently having problems with her aggression towards other dogs and now humans. Previously she would be aggressive during and after heat but now its constant. When she meets dogs she normally has her...
  12. General Dog Forum
    My Papillon LOVES to sleep perched on top of things like a cat. Everything form the back of the sofa to the highest pillow on the bed to his dog bed which is sitting on TOP of a dog crate--the list goes on and on! I don't personally mind, but I did hear that letting them be up high can spur a...
  13. Dog Training Forum
    Hi everyone! We had 5 dogs, but had to put one of them to sleep this past Wednesday due to kidney failure. Our dogs have always gotten along and there has never been any fighting or aggression. I noticed a few times now some odd behavior between the three that play together the most. No real...
  14. First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    We got a puppy 2 weeks ago, a friend (who cold no longer take care of him),got him from a lady who rescued him from a neighbor. When I got him he weighed a little over 6 lbs, the vet thought he was 6 weeks. He now weighs a bit over 10lbs and the Dr. now guesses he is more like 12-13 weeks I...
  15. General Dog Forum
    First a little background, I have had my pit bull for 3 years now and she is about 4 now. With me she has no hang ups at all, she knows I'm the master and that's that. Me and my girlfriend have been together almost a year and a half, she moved in with me about 3 months ago, my girlfriend and my...
  16. Dog Training Forum
    Hi, I have a 6 month old puppy. I was out of town for 10 days and her dog walker stayed at my house with her. I came back two days ago, and since I've returned she's been displaying very scary food aggression. She now growls at me when she is eating if I walk near her, and she growled at me and...
  17. General Dog Forum
    Hi Would love some guidance. I have a 10 month mongrel bitch. She's clearly jealous of a puppy we're looking after and trying to show dominance to him but I'm trying to understand whether her behaviour is in the normal range which would settle down over time or whether she is likely to do...
  18. Dog Training Forum
    How Can I Stop My Puppy from "Acting Out" by Urinating and Defecating on My Bed? I have a very small bachelor appartment and three-month-old alpha female chihuahua. She's very sweet and loveable, but for the past month now she's been doing her business in my bed. I have no bedroom and only a...
  19. Dog Training Forum
    Hi everyone ! I don't know if there is any thread like this but i need help and didn't know where else to go. I have a 4 and a half month old golden lab and i need some advice. In short words he is becoming more and more dominant by the day. He keeps jumping and bitting people on the hands and...
  20. Dog Training Forum
    My little dog is 6 years old now and I think he needs some leadership from me. I don't like to call it dominance, but I guess that's kind of what he needs. The issues we have been having I just thought were small dog/terrier problems but now I think I need to be more of a "pack leader"... He...
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